Day 2: Nyay Ka Haq, Milne Tak

The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra led by Mr. Gandhi resumed from Sekmai, West Imphal, for Nagaland at 8 AM. All along the way to Karong, people were waiting for Mr. Gandhi and waved at him as they saw him. Mr. Gandhi responded by stopping the bus to meet the people and interact with them.

The Bharat Jodo Yatra stopped at Brigadier Thomas Ground in Kangpokpi around 9.30 AM. Here, Mr. Gandhi addressed the gathering by informing them about the purpose of the Yatra and why the Congress Party decided to start the Yatra from Manipur. The Congress Party and Mr. Gandhi stand with the people against the injustice happening in Manipur. Mr. Gandhi stopped along the route of the Yatra to meet the people and members of civic society organisations. Mr. Gandhi has made it a point to make the citizens of the Country aware of the extent of violence that has been taking place in Manipur since May 2023.

Mr. Gandhi met several people from different communities in Kangpokpi and heard about their problems. The community members handed over a memorandum requesting Mr. Gandhi to raise the injustice happening with the people of Manipur in Parliament. The memorandum demanded a  sensitive, transparent, and accountable government. The community members also wanted the PM to visit Manipur before the Lok Sabha Elections.

People residing in refugee camps informed Mr. Gandhi that the Government has not done anything or provided any help to the victims of violence in the State. Mr. Gandhi walked with the people, hearing their concerns and offering his support to do whatever was possible from his side.

In Senapti, North Imphal, Mr. Gandhi addressed the crowd atop the bus. He said- ‘Last year, I did a Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. It was a very successful yatra. This time, we wanted to do another yatra from East to West and we decided that the most powerful thing would be to start the yatra from Manipur so that the people of India could get a sense of what the people of Manipur have been through. This time, we have a time constraint. Due to the Lok Sabha, we have had to change the Yatra. I wanted to walk, but there is no other way.’

Mr. Gandhi further added, ‘I understand that you have faced a tragedy, you have lost family members, you have lost property, and I want you to know that we are fully standing with you, we want to bring peace to Manipur, and we want to make Manipur peaceful and harmonious again. I have been speaking to delegations from here who have been telling me about the issue that you are facing. I hope peace returns to Manipur as soon as possible.’

Mr. Rahul Gandhi met many members of civil society. The women’s delegation of the Manipur Christian Organisation met with Mr. Gandhi and narrated the daily ordeal of women and ordinary citizens in the state. The Naga Women Organisation and United Naga Front members also met Mr. Gandhi and shared their problems with him.

During the lunch break, a Press Conference was scheduled at Senapti, and Congress leader Kanhaiya Kumar addressed the media. Mr. Kumar said that the Yatra should not be viewed in the context of the upcoming elections. The PM has won the election, and he has a plane, a bulletproof car, a 10 lakh rupees suit, and the SPG. Why is he not coming to Manipur? He is not coming due to a security concern but because Manipur is insignificant in the electoral arithmetic.’

शाम के चाय ब्रेक के दौरान मणिपुर की इन प्यारी बच्चियों से काफी मीठी बातें हुईं।

Posted by Rahul Gandhi on Monday, January 15, 2024

Post lunch, the Yatra started from Karong ground to Mao Gate. On the way, Mr. Rahul Gandhi stopped at a small tea shop. There, he met three little girls and had some light-hearted conversation with them while having tea. Mr. Gandhi also got pictures clicked with those kids and their parents. He received many traditional attire as gifts from people waiting to see him.

The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will stop for the night at Khuzma Ground in Nagaland. A vast crowd awaited outside the camp to see and greet Mr. Gandhi. The crowd welcomed Mr. Gandhi proudly by holding the national flag and with ‘Rahul Gandhi Zindabad’ slogans. After reaching the Camp, Mr. Gandhi met with the members of the Naga Hoho delegation.

The Naga Hoho is a federation of all Naga tribes. The Naga Hoho is a tribe-based apex body of the Nagas under the traditional system of the Naga people. They are pivotal in the efforts to unite the different Naga rebel groups under a common platform so that Nagas can work out a broad-based solution to the more than fifty-year-old insurrection.

The delegation informed Shri Rahul Gandhi about the non-fulfilment of the agreement signed between the Government of India (GoI) and NCSN-IM on August 3, 2015. They also submitted a memorandum to the Congress leader in this context. Leaders of the Hoho organisation said that in 2015, the PM and the GoI had presented this agreement as an achievement of the GoI and a solution to the problems of the Naga community. But even after nine years, the government has not fulfilled its promise. The Hoho delegation also appealed to Shri Rahul Gandhi to raise this issue in Parliament.

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